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, barack obama! thank you! god bless you. god bless america! >> first lady michelle obama. savannah and i have relocated to the floor. savannah, that was personal, that was emotional, this crowd was silent. they love her. one of the political writers today said her job was to make the country fall in love with her husband all over again. >> telling this deeply personal story about how much she loves her husband she is trying to remind voters why they like her husband. in 2008, nicknamed her the closer. when she went to the stop, she would close the sale. here tonight she has a task as the opener. >> we have heard from the first lady here tonight. you will hear from savannah tomorrow morning on "today." and we hope you will join us tomorrow evening on "nbc nightly news." another day here at the democratic convention in charlotte. those of you in the east and midwest, your late local news begins now. we hope to see you back here tomorrow. for savannah guthrie, our team, i'm brian williams, nbc news. leading news station this is news 4 at 11:00. >>> an olympic figure skater thrown in jail on
officially begins in charlotte tonight where first lady michelle obama will take the stage and try to convince undecided voters that her husband deserves a second term. nbc's tracy potts joins us live there. she has the details from charlotte. tracie, good morning. >> hi, lynn. behind the stage where it all gets started tonight, the stage where we'll see michelle obama, but not where we'll see the president. he'll be a few blocks away at the bank of america before he arrives to make his case here in charlotte. last night president obama told hurricane victims -- >> nobody's a democrat or republican. we're all just americans. >> but not in charlotte this week. heal accept the democratic nomination on thursday i'll offer you what i believe is a better passport. >> tonight we hear from michelle obama. she checked out the stage monday. >> she's going talk about the president she knows, the husband she married, and, of course, the father to her children. >> maryland's govern and san antonio's mayor julian castro also speak tonight. castro is the first latino to give a keynote address, t
convention in charlotte last night first lady michelle obama delivered an impassioned speech designed to both sway wavering voters and light a fighter under the party's base. nbc's tracie potts joins us live from charlotte. she has more on this. good morning to you. >> lynn, good morning to you. a bit of backstory. aides say the ideas she talked about last night were her own, that she knew exactly what she wanted to say in this speech. it was a fiery kick-off to this convention, and there's more to come tonight. democrats bring in their heavyweight tonight, former president bill clinton, the only person more popular in a recent gallup poll, michelle obama. she brought democrats to their feet last night with a rousing speech about decisions based on family values. >> in the end, for barack, these issues aren't political. they're personal because barack knows what it means when a family struggles. >> a message aimed at women. >> he believes that women are more capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care. he didn't care whether it was the easy thing to do politically,
. tonight we'll see the keynote and hear from first lady michelle obama. and with that ahead of us, let's go to our political team here in charlotte. four white house correspondents, current and former, beginning with chuck todd down on the floor of the north carolina delegati delegation. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. if the republican convention was all about trying to present mitt romney's softer side, the democratic convention has a different goal for the president. shoring up votes from hispanics and women. as workers inside the hall put finishing touches on the convention stage, democrats prepare to appeal to two key constituencies, women and hispanics. they favor the president but lack the enthusiasm they had for him four years ago. leading the charge on women, michelle obama. >> are you ready for this? >> reporter: in all, five of the prime time speakers tonight at the convention are women. charged with delivering tonight's official keynote address, julian castro. the 37-year-old mayor of san anton antonio. democrats hope his personal story will resonate with
michelle obama makes her pitch for a second term for her husband. >>> good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> i'm eun yang. welcome to "news4 today" for this wednesday, september 5th, 201. live look outside at 5:00 a.m. 77 lucky degrees. felt like a wall of humidity. walk right into it. >> whoosh. >> he felt the air. >> i walked right through it, too. >> cooled him off. >> he must have spritzed himself before hand. >> wow, yes, in the car. >> yeah. we've got a better chance of seeing rain throughout the area today. unfortunately, and then the other thing, too, the other part of story is that higher temperatures, too, around today, tomorrow, and friday. taking you back to 1:00 a.m. this morning. a few showers around front royal. those who made their way off to the north and east, really falling apart if you're around baltimore, we've got more rain that sits back in west virginia. the other side of i-81. that's what's going to slowly be making its way eastward throughout the morning. i think by the time we get to mid morning, 8:00, 9:00 a.m., we will see those showers here locally and again
romney and first lady michelle obama, they made campaign stops in the battleground state of virginia today. romney in fairfax, the first lady two stops in richmond and fredericksburg. that's where we find julie carey tonight, following both campaigns. hey, julie. >> reporter: hey there. they're breaking things down here. about 30 minutes ago this gym was packed with supporters as michelle obama wrapped up an energy rally here. at the competing rallies today, sorrow over the losses in libya, and a reminder yet again that northern virginia could decide this election. >> the next president of the united states, mitt romney! >> reporter: a crowd of more than 2,000 cheered mitt romney's arrival in fairfax, and the gop presidential candidate began by acknowledging the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya and the deaths of four diplomats there. >> we're in mourning. we've lost four of our diplomats across the world. we're thinking about their families, and those that they've left behind. >> reporter: five hours later at the university of mary washington, michelle obama made her second virg
michelle obama, making the case in primetime for four more years for the president. >> announcer: from nbc news, "decision 2012." the democratic national convention live from charlotte, north carolina. >>> good evening from charlotte, the arena home to the bobcats. tonight it is noisy and about the democrats. we get our first primetime glimpse of the message they have planned. days after tampa, 63 days until the election and a lot has changed as we said at the top of the broadcast since the days of hope and change, the last democratic convention in '0 #. tonight we hear from a man billed as a rising star, young mayor of san antonio and from a more established star, first lady, michelle obama. our team is in place for all of it including the largest fleet of white house correspondents, current and former. for starters in the booth, tom brokaw, david gregory, savannah guthrie. david, we heard the jimmy carter tribute, ted kennedy tribute, mayor, governor of massachusetts lit up the crowd. how would you put the excitement level vis-a-vis tampa? >> it is high. on night one. enthusiasm is key.
it out of the ballpark, whether you're a democrat or republican, it doesn't matter, michelle obama revealed herself as a superstar for the democrats. whur listeners are savvy. it's not all about a love-fest for barack obama. you have the undecided voters and those who feel apathetic, the undecided voters. they like the obamas, they love the first family. they even love the dog bo, but does that translate, that likability factor translate into trusting the president? then you have those apathetic voters hit hard in this economic climate and who feel like, hey, i don't need to show up to vote, what does it matter to me? jim, you have some 16,000 people in the district of columbia eligible to vote, not registered. that problem holds true in those key battleground states. our lynners say she delivered, energized those groups. >> a lot of your listeners and tweeters -- she's become a fashion eischen. what did they have to say about that part of the speech? >> oh, what didn't they say? she ply it out of the ballpark, that fuchsia dress with the gray and michelle obama has, of course, ins
is expected to be first lady michelle obama. president obama was out campaigning today. he was in norfolk, virginia, and he said he's going to go home tonight and he's going to watch michelle obama's speech with his daughters. he said he might tear up a little bit because that's what he always does when he sees her speak. earlier today tim kaine was out and about doing a little politicking in favor and in honor and in pursuit of his senate seat that he'd like to get from george allen. tom sherwood is here now with more on that story. tom? >> jim, everybody knows tim kaine is in a tough race. he knows it. he's trying to rally the troops. >> former governor and future united states senator, tim kaine! >> reporter: former virginia governor tim kaine welcomed by the party faithful in charlotte tuesday telling a boisterous crowd he and his republican senate opponent george allen had been tied in the polls for yearly a year. closer than the presidential race. >> isn't it great to be a battleground state? virginia really matters, folks. we really matter. we're going to see a lot of focus and a l
political prize is going to be in 2012 and northern virginia is the key which is why we have michelle obama here in fredericksburg here today. this presidential campaign has been focused on the economic challenges took a turn to the foreign policy and the turmoil in the middle east. this is what michelle obama had to say. >> i want to say how truly heart-broken barack and i are about the horrific tragedy that occurred earlier this week in libya. i'm not sure if everyone is aware. but our hearts and prayers are with the families of those who gave their lives serving our country. >> reporter: now, mitt romney had his rally in the heart of fairfax today. his comments about the unrest in et middle east yesterday caused some controversy. so today he tried to turn the focus back to the economy. >> mitt romney! >> reporter: a crowd of more than 2,000 cheered mitt romney's arrival in fairfax and he began by acknowledging the attack on the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. >> we're thinking about their families and those that they left behind. what a tragedy to lose such a wonderful -- >> repor
conversation today with first lady michelle obama on her husband, the opposition, and the constant struggle to keep things normal for two daughters at home. >> you have to balance trying to keep their lives normal with allowing them to experience history. >>> also tonight an air scare. a plane turned around in mid air, a passenger handcuffed, and then we learn the real story. air, a passenger handcuffed, and then we learn the real story. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. with the fall election now 60 days away from the democrats here in charlotte it all comes down to tonight. after a long wind up and one brief cameo appearance on stage last night, tonight they get to hear from president barack obama who will make his case for re-election. this entire event is something of an audible. we were supposed to be outdoors in the football stadium but because of the rain here in charlotte including earlier today the president will appear here in this much smaller hall tonight. our team is in place to cover it all. andrea mitchell starts off ou
that being president doesn't change who you are -- >> reporter: culminating with first lady michelle obama's address where she played the role of chief character witness. >> because barack knows what it means when a family struggles. he knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids. >> reporter: though her speech was less partisan than most and didn't mention mitt romney by name, the contrast she drew was clear. >> reporter: because for barack, success isn't about how much money you make. it's about the difference you make in people's lives. >> perhaps the most fiery speaker tuesday night was the massachusetts governor who succeeded romney. deval patrick. >> mitt romney talks a lot about all the things he's fixed. i can tell you, massachusetts was not one of them. >> reporter: even a tribute video dedicated to the late ted kennedy contained partisan red meat feepg romney's famous attack in the senate race. >> i am pro-choice. my opponent is multiple choice. >> reporter: four years ago they de-emphasized abortion differences. last night was a different story. >> we
in 2004. first lady michelle obama will also speak tonight. president obama is not in charlotte for the convention just yet. today he will be in virginia forthfinal stop on his road to charlotte tour. the president will speak this morning at norfolk state university. he was in charlottesville last week to campaign part of a tour of college towns in battleground states. the president will speak at the dnc thursday night. >> if you are willing to work with me. if you're willing to work even harder in this election. then i promise you, i promise you, i promise you change will come. >> republican national committee is launching the web ad to coincide with the start of the convention. the ad compares speeches president obama gave this year to speeches me made four years ago. republicans say it proves the president has broken his promise to a improve our economy. >>> you may not know it but the polls just opened for thousands of voters in northern virginia. there's a special election there today. it is the -- it's for the virginia vish virginia's 45th district. three men are running t
barack obama, first lady michelle obama and white house staffers observed a moment of silence for those who lost their lives 11 years ago. just one of many happening today. news 4s megan mcgrath live on the pentagon where another ceremony wrapped up. hey, megan. >> reporter: that's right. the ceremony just wrapped up here. many family members moved over to the victims memorial, which is closed to the general public, reserved for the family members to have a quiet moment this afternoon to reflect. the ♪ itself was short. only a few people spoke, including president barack obama. that was done on purpose. there was an effort here to keep this event low key and to limit the attendance to those who lost loved ones in the attack on the pentagon. the sunrises above the pentagon ushering in another solemn anniversary. 11 years ago today, 184 people were killed when flight 77, flying low with a terrorist at the controls slammed into the side of the building. >> it gives me chills every time i think of it. unfortunately, this is a sad day, but a day we grow as americans. >> i think people do r
michelle obama delivered an emotional speech last night. she told delegates how she and president obama's modest upbringing- how her upbringing shaped who they are today. >> like so many american families, our families weren't asking for much. they didn't begrudge anyone else's success or care that others had much more than they did. in fact, they admired it. they simply believed in that fundamental american promise that even if you don't start out with much, if you work hard and do what you're supposed to do, you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids and grandkids. that's how they raised us. >> right now p first lady has a higher favorability rating than the president. >>> maryland governor martin o'malley also spoke on the opening night of the convention. he opened a fiery critique of mitt romney and paul ryan. >> instead of investing in america they hide their money in swiss bank accounts and ship our jobs to china. swiss bank accounts never built on american bridge. swiss bank accounts never put cops on the streets or teachers in ou
on a dress worn just like the win michelle obama. she sure turned heads with her fashion, and now there is a duplicate out there on the market for the public. the designer told the "today" show she didn't know until mrs. obama appeared on tv that her creation was chosen. >> i thought she made the right choice. we sent a few, because i didn't know what she would need or how she would feel. i wanted her to have choice and choose us, but she made an excellent choice. she looks gorgeous. the color looks so fresh. >> well, that designer says the dress will sell for under $500. so you you too can wear one of those. >> sure. >>> coming up next, a big day for amazon. it releases the new kindal. police search a beige manager's home after a hostage situation. >>> i'm liz crenshaw. decipher diaper deals, find out decipher diaper deals, find out where and how to shop f i'm barack obama, and i approve this message. mitt romney's position onnd out women's health...it's dangerous. vo:mitt romney and paul ryan would get rid of planned parenthood funding. and allow employers to deny coverage for c
. martin o'malley and first lady michelle obama will be two of the featured speakers tonight. tracie potts has a preview of the opening day of the dnc. >> reporter: last night president obama told hurricane victims -- >> nobody is a democrat or a republican and we're all just americans. >> reporter: but not in charlotte this week he'll accept the democratic nomination for president thursday. >> now, on thursday night i'm going to off aer you what i believe is a better path forward. >> reporter: tonight, we hear from michelle obama. she checked out the stage monday. >> she's going to talk about the president that she knows, the husband she married and, of course, the father to her children. >> reporter: maryland's governor and san antonio, texas, mayor also speak tonight. castro is the first latino to give a keynote address here. the same spot president obama had in 2004. >> the first lady, i'm sure, is going to deliver a positive message and. >> reporter: paul ryan told a pack aed north carolina crowd all those speeches will avoid the key question. >> here's the kind of words we're not goi
. and other election news, we learned that michelle obama will campaign this thursday. the first lady is going to speak in fredericksberg. nbc news has learned a missile strike killed a top al-qaida leader. a united states drone killed him and at least five others traveling with him in a car today. he's a saudi national who was held at guantanamo bay fr at least 6 years. >> you might go to some more police at the stations. in montgomery county, those officers will be using a new safety tool. they have devices on their belts that detect radiation. the department also bought 40 of the detectors with federal grant money. >>> all day tomorrow, the vic m victims are remembered. in the morning, thousands of people will remember the victims at the world trade center memorial site. there will be four minutes of silence. at the pentagon, the private service is planned for survivors and families of the victims. >> next on news 4, a bison charges at some kids but park officials say the animal isn't to blame. >> also, the gnats. it could spell trouble for fans come playoff time. >> some people spent thou
. >> dramatic action on a national scale is what the delegates are hoping for tomorrow. first lady michelle obama was out here getting acquainted with the podium. they are hoping that her speech will be lighting a spark. >> thank you tom and jim. >>> mitt romney spent the labor day holiday at his lake house in new hampshire. but he did not let up on criticizing the state of the economy. he said today is another day of worrying when the next paycheck will come. paul ryan stumped in the same state where the dnc kicks off tomorrow and rejected the assertion that the country is better off now than four years ago. he told a crowd that jimmy carter's highly criticized presidency in the '70s looked good compared to the obama administration. he starts a fundraising trim tomorrow. >>> tomorrow is terrible traffic tuesday, the day when people head back to work from the holiday and students across northern virginia go back to school. shomari stone is live with more. >> reporter: jim, as you know, d.c. drivers spend the most time sitting in traffic than any other city in the nation. combine that with t
this afternoon. it's been a busy political week in virginia. in addition to romney, first lady michelle obama was also in the state yesterday visiting richmond and fredericksburg. >>> a new poll shows that president obama holds a five-point lead over mitt romney in virginia. the nbc news/wall street journal poll shows the president leading mitt romney by five points. he holds a similar lead in florida and seven points in ohio. >>> the president and first lady will welcome many of our olympic athletes to the white house this morning. president obama will honor the 2012 u.s. olympic and paralympic teams in a south lawn ceremony. one of the swimmers being honored, matt mcclain of loudoun county. he had a hand in helping america take the gold in the men's 4 by 200 relay. >>> next week the senate will take up a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. the house passed a bill that essentially puts the government on autopilot for six months. it includes the support of republican vice presidential nominee paul ryan even though it permits spending above the budget he authored this spring. >>> t
a lead in some swing states. tonight at the washington convention center, michelle obama used her keynote address to the congressional black caucus gala to urge voters to register voters and turn out on election day. >> too many of us choose not to participate. while we are tuning out and staying home on election day, other folks are tuning in. other folks are taking politics very seriously. and they are engaged on every level. >> one of the hot issues at the congressional black caucus event is a protest by some black clergy who are urging african americans to stay at home on election day to protest the president's support for gay marriage. >>> ken picks up the story from here. he's live downtown from the gala at the convention center. ken, what's up? >> reporter: good evening to you, bruce. it's because of that protest that you just talked about that the first lady's comments come at a critical moment for the black community locally and throughout the country. this is of course, following remarks from black ministers who oppose president obama's stance on same-sex marriage. ♪ [ musi
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. democrats hope michelle obama can help tonight in her prime time speech urging a big turnout. >> it's all responsibility at whatever age to exercise the rights that people before us fought so hard for us to have. >> so i'm going to be at home and i'm going to be watching it with our girls. and i am going to try not to let them see their daddy cry. because when michelle starts talking, i -- i start getting all misty. >> reporter: mitt romney's running mate, paul ryan, continued his counter-dnc convention tour. >> after four years of getting the runaround, what america needs is a turnaround. >> reporter: back in charlotte, there's heavy security. some demonstrations, with the convention getting started. one hour of this convention will be broadcast live tonight. michelle obama's speech and the keynote address by charismatic young san antonio, texas, mayor julian castro who will urge a big hispanic turnout in november. >> news 4's jim vance and tom sherwood are in charlotte for the dnc. they'll join us live with more on the push for d.c. voting rights during this convention. >>> the actor kn
the actors in that controversial film say they were tricked into participating. >>> first lady michelle obama was also campaigning in virginia today, and just about an hour she'll be speaking at the university of mary washington in fredericksburg. she will meet with the grass roots network at the college. earlier this afternoon she spoke to supporters in richmond at the center stage carpenter theater. julie carey is waiting for the first lady now to begin, and she'll have a live report starting tonight right here on news4 at 5:00. >>> the hottest couple in hip-hop is getting ready to throw some big money into the presidential race. beyonce and jay-z are hosting a $40,000 per plate fund-raiser at jay-z's club. the fund-raiser will be held next tuesday with no more than 100 guests. >>> more than 2,000 people packed the national cathedral day to say farewell to the first man on the moon. a public memorial took place for neil armstrong. nbc's chris clackum has more on the tribute to the man who made one giant leap for mankind. >> reporter: diana's cover of the sinatra favorite proved especially f
apple products. >> first lady michelle will obama was in virginia today, making campaign stops in richmond and fredericksburg, where she reminded supporters the president took the commonwealth four years ago. >> this room alone could swing an entire precinct for barack obama. >> both candidates opened their campaign events today by remembering the lives lost overseas in libya. >>> tonight at the university of maryland former redskins linebacker lavar arrington spoke out about the child sex abuse scandal 8 his alma mater. he took part in the panel discussion about penn state. former assistant coach jerry sandusky was convicted of abusing young boys and is in prison. legendary football coach joe paterno was fired and died from cancer a couple of months after the scandal surfaced. arrington talked of his continuing support of the university and the team. >> again, i continue to maintain that we are penn state thing because we are penn state. it's plural. it took all of us to make what that place represented. it wasn't one person. and that includes joe paterno. >> the panel discuss
impassioned plea. first lady michelle obama delivers a rousing speech at the democratic national convention. reaching out to women, she gets emotional as she talks about her family. >> my daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world. >> savannah has reaction live from charlotte. >>> scary moments. the newly elected premier of quebec rushed off stage as masked gunman opens fire at a victory rally. this morning at least one person dead, the shooter is under arrest and police are looking for a motive. >>> tennis, anyone? pippa middleton checks out the action at the u.s. open. a trip to new york city that has some wondering if she has a new man in her life today, some wondering if she has a new man in her life today, wednesday, september 5th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to a split edition of "today" on wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm savannah guthrie at the democratic national convention in charlotte. matt, i was on this floor last night when michelle obama spoke. at times she was fiery.
in harrisonburg. that will be about 2:00. >> first lady michelle obama will also be in the commonwealth today campaigning for her husband. mrs. obama will speak to supporters in richmond at 2:00 this afternoon. then she'll head to fredericksburg where she'll speak to the campaign's grass roots network at the university of mary washington around 5:00 tonight. president obama, meanwhile, is trying to win votes in a critical western swing state. he arrived in aurora last night after a campaign seepeech in la vegas. later he'll speak in golden, colorado, in jefferson county, which helped the president to win in 2008, what was previously considered a red county. that is making it a popular battleground with both mitt romney and paul ryan having visited in recent weeks. >>> today we will learn just how long you can expect interest rates to stay at record lows. fed chairman ben bernanke will hold a news conference this afternoon after two days of meetings by the reserves open market committee. he's expected to announce that interest rates will remain near zero into 2015. the fed may also announce an
and former governor tim kaine. first lady michelle obama is also taking the stage tonight. president obama wraps up his road to charlotte tour today in virginia. he will speak at norfolk state university. the president was in the common wealth last week. he appeared in charlottesville as part of a tour of college towns in battleground states. recent polls show him slightly ahead of mitt romney in virginia. romney though narrow that margin. >>> some of the speakers at the dr dnc may offer new insight as to how romney does business. the employees from bain capital will talk about how the private equity world works and more specifically how bain capital was run while romney was ceo. >> if you are willing to work with me. >> if you're willing to work everybody harder in this election. then i promise, i promise you, i promise you change will come. >> republicans are launching this web ad to hammer home their point this country is worse off now than it was when president obama took office. republican national committee is also launching a website called obama isn't working. it features articles
to politicize the attacks. >>> virginia is decision 2012 central today. michelle obama will be in the commonwealth speaking to people in richmond at 2:00 this afternoon. then she'll head to fredericksburg. there she will speak to the campaign's grass roots network at the university of mary washington around 5:00 tonight. >>> the president is setting his sights over winning over some votes in the western swing state. president obama arrived in aurora, colorado, overnight after a campaign speech in las vegas. later today he will speak at a grass roots rally in golden, colorado. golden is located in jefferson county, which helped the president to win in 2008, but was previously considered a red county. that is making it a popular battleground with both mitt romney and paul ryan having visited in recent weeks. >>> today we will learn just how long the federal reserve expects interest rates to remain at record lows. fed chairman ben bernanke will hold a news conference this afternoon after two days of meetings by the reserve's open market committee. he's expected to announce
with the prime time speech from first lady michelle obama. we're here live. >>> republican vice presidential nominee paul ryan joins us to talk about where he thinks the presidential race is headed and chris sichl that he played fast and loose with the truth. >>> out and about. the prince makes his first public appearance since those naked las vegas pictures surfaced and poked fun at himself. but it was a cheeky 6-year-old who nearly stole the show. >>> the gentle giant, michael clarke duncan, oscar nominated star of "the green mile" died after a heart attack. tributes are pouring in from some of hollywood's biggest names today, tuesday, some of hollywood's biggest names today, tuesday, september 4th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" tuesday morning, i'm savannah guthrie in charlotte, north carolina. >> i'm matt lauer in new york. savannah, republicans had their moment in the spotlight last week. starting today, down there in charlotte, the democrats will try to grab some of that spotlight for themselves. >> that's right. this conve
're going to see ann romney, we're going to see michelle obama as two of the most effective figures in this campaign. >> not two of the most, the two most effective campaigners in both campaigns. i don't think there's any question about that. michelle obama will lead it off next week in charlotte for her husband. i happen to believe, and you know the kind of family in which i have been raised, i'm living with all women, and i have been witness to this both in my wife and my daughters and now my grand daughters, i think this is the century of women. i really do believe that. >> hooray! >> there's going to be more gains made by more women across every part of our lives. cultural, political, and economic. and i think that there is even among some republican women out there, that that party doesn't quite buy into that yet. i mean, there are extraordinary achievements made by nikki haley and condi rice and everyone else. but the real issue on this campaign, for women, will be will social issues, or economic issues, will one trump the other? because the social issues are very important to
most anticipated first lady michelle obama. yesterday in an interview she talked about what she is going to talk about tonight and she also is reaching out to younger voters. >> we have a president who has a vision for this country to make sure that every american, regardless of who they are or what they look like or who they love, that they have a fair shot at the american dream. voting is -- it's how this country runs. and it's our responsibility at whatever age to exercise the rights that people before us fought so hard for us to have. >> reporter: mrs. obama will close out tonight's session. she'll go on at about 10:35 or so. earlier today, members of the dc delegation proved once again that they just can't catch a break. tom sherwood is here now to tell us more about that. tom? >> jim, there are all kinds of protests out on the streets here. but the dc vote event, it kind of fizzled. >> reporter: there were authorized anti-abortion protesters. >> born to be without jesus. >> reporter: and salvation preachers. protesters assailing economic and political injustice. that latte
to politicize the attacks. >>> michelle obama will also be back in virginia today campaigning for her husband. mrs. obama will speak to supporters in richmond at the center stage carpenter theatre at 2:00 this afternoon. then she will head to fredericksburg where she'll speak to the campaign's grass roots. >>> the president meanwhile is trying to gain some ground today in one of the most hotly contested swing states out west. president obama arrived in aurora, colorado, last night after a campaign speech in las vegas. later today he will speak at a grass roots rally in golden, colorado. golden is located in jefferson county, which helped the president to win in 2008, but was previously considered a red county. that is making it a popular battleground with both mitt romney and paul ryan having visited in recent weeks. >>> d.c. councilmember michael brown's former treasurer is denying brown's implications that he stole more than $100,000 from the brown campaign. brown came forward about the missing money earlier this week. he also said he had fired hakeem sutton as treasurer when he realized mo
michelle obama, just about an hour ago, was on the podium behind me here practicing for her speech tomorrow. president obama and the vice president were out today campaigning on this labor day. meanwhile, the romney/ryan ticket is trying to stay in the spotlight as much as it can. in the meantime there's a new gallup poll out that does not hold good news for the romney/ryan camp in terms of things that usually happen after a convention. we are going to have much more on charlotte coming up in just a few minutes. tom sherwood is here with a report. doreen, right now, back to you and jim. >> thank you, vance. on to our weather now. we are keeping an eye on more storms moving our way. >> wet enough for you? >> enough already. >> storm team four meteorologist doug kammerkammerer here with t honest is getting the rain. doug? >> the areas up to the north and east, philadelphia, down to the to the south, as jim mentioned, parts of the carolinas. for us, 83 out there we have doned a little bit of a bullet out there on this labor day. heat index, 88, a very humid afternoon. going to continue to see
michelle obama appeared at two events in richmond and fredericksburg. and virginia is just one of the key battleground states coming up in this election, and president obama is leading in most of them. a new "the wall street journal" poll shows the president ahead of mitt romney in three key states. he leads by five points among likely voters in virginia. that lead jumps to seven points in ohio. political experts say these are fairly large leads for the president, but they could easily be wiped out if romney has a strong first debate. that debate is scheduled for october 3rd. >>> today the board of health will reconsider regulations on abortion clinics following attorney general ken cuccinelli. they voted to apply it only to new abortion centers. cuccinelli refused to certify those rules and told the board it may have to hire outside counsel if it gets sued. >>> metro riders should have a safer ride this morning thanks to a new system that monitors potential problems. the transit agency says a newly installed system can detect and warn of the type of problem that caused the deadly crash o
messenger michelle obama checked out the arena this afternoon in advance of her speech tomorrow night. other key speakers include san antonio's mayor castro, massachusetts candidate elizabeth warren and former president bill clinton. all have their remarks aimed at key democratic constituencies. >> the obama campaign got another convention headache earlier this morning when the chairman of the california democratic party publicly compared paul ryan to nazi propagandaist joseph goebbels. the romney campaign took offense and called for a full repudiation of the remarks. the obama campaign did repudiate the remarks but did not call on mr. burton the chairman of the california party to resign. kate? >> chuck todd in north carolina tonight. >>> president obama spent this holiday on the campaign trail with a stop in a key swing state today before moving on to see flood damage in louisiana. kristen welker is traveling with the president and joins us from new orleans. good evening, kristen. >> reporter: good evening, kate. we are in new orleans where president obama took a detour from the campaign t
to romney, first lady, michelle obama was visiting richmond and fredericksburg. >>> the president holds a five-point lead over romney in virginia and florida. h holds the same lead in florida and seven points in florida. all three states crucial to deciding the election. the president and first lady welcome many olympians to the white house. >>> the president honored the 2012 olympic and paraolympic teams for their hard work and in some cases gold, silver and bronze medals. matt mclane of loudoun county helped america in the 200 meter relay. that was exciting for all those olympians and paraolympians. >> they were golden and keep getting the golden sign of appreciation. >> hey, there. good to see you. >> what do you have for us? >> another gorgeous day. you saw all the olympians bathed in the glorious sunshine. a beautiful day for the events going on this weekend. we have the h street festival on saturday here in washington. it runs noon to 6:00. then, over the weekend, we have the great frederick fair out in frederick county and frederick, maryland. gorgeous. is it the annual blue mont
michelle obama will also speak. president obama isn't at the convention yet. today he will end his road to charlotte tour in virginia. he is set to speak in norfolk state university. the president spent yesterday in louisiana seeing firsthand the damage hurricane isaac caused last week. he also travelled to the battleground state of ohio where he told steel and auto workers that he saved millions of dollars by bailing out the auto industry. >> i believed in you. i bet on you. i'll make that bet any day of the week. because of that bet, three years later, that bet is paying off for america. >> vice president joe biden hammered home the same point in a rally in another crucial state, michigan. >> paul ryan hoping to steal some of the democrats' thunder as their convention gets under way. the republican vice presidential nominee calm pand yesterday in greenville, north carolina. he told voters this country is worse off now than it was before president obama was elected. >> what do you call president obama four years ago, if you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your own as some
. >>> first lady michelle obama hoping to show americans a different side of her husband. ♪ the first lady was one of the main speakers last night in charlotte. she told the crowd the president knows about the american dream because she's lived it. >> he believes that when you've worked hard and done well and walked through that doorway of opportunity you do not slam it shut behind you. no, you reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed. >> the first lady never mentioned mitt romney or paul ryan during her speech. maryland governor martin o'malley though is not holding back his criticism of the nominees. o'malley also spoke at the dnc last night. romney and ryan were the main targets of his attack. >> instead of investing in america, they hide their money in swiss bank accounts and ship our jobs to china. swiss bank accounts never built an american bridge. swiss bank accounts never put cops on the streets or teachers in our classrooms. governor romney, just because you bank gaines the united states of america doesn't mean the rest of us are willing to sell
by another officer in july making threateni ining comments about michelle obama. he is still working but is no longer part of the motorcycle escorts. she says the case is now being handled by internal affairs. >> breaking news right now. several athletes at dematha catholic have reportedly been kicked off the team after an incident involving prostitutes. erica gonzalez is live with more on these allegations. >> reporter: the incident in question happened last saturday morning with the football team in north carolina after a friday night game and bed checks had already been done. now, the washington post is reporting that five dematha players left after allegedly hiring prostitutes to come to their room. last saturday, they were coming off an opening win in north carolina. the parent of one of the player who is withdrew from school says the players used a web site to hire and sneak in three prostitutes in the early hours of saturday morning. and some did, in fact, have sexual relations with the prostitutes in that room. that's according to one parntd. the catholic high school's athlet
are a gig focus of this convention. whether it's 23irs lady michelle obama or women's fair pay national advocate lily ledbetter. >> women have faced discrimination, like i did, now can get their day in court. >> reporter: or thousands of female delegates. the democratic party is trying to exploit and expand polls that shows a gender gap with women favorite president obama over mitt romney. eileen filler-corn of springfield, virginia, battled antiabortion efforts last winter. >> all these extreme social issues and bills came before us, bills that stripped rights away from women. women matter, women have rights, women deserve, you know, equal pay. >> the first lady -- >> ann holter cain is the daughter of with unvirginia governor and the wife of another. >> as a military mom, ms. mcbride, who introduced the first lady, just really warmed my house. >> sandra flufke -- >> i'm interested to hear what she has to say. it was a shame she got shouted down trying to present a point of view. a lot of women need and to contraception, not just for bifrt control, but because of conditions that they h
lady michelle obama appeared at two events, one in richmond and the other in fredericksburg. >>> virginia is expected to be one of the most important states up for grabs in november. right now president obama is leading in the commonwealth and other battleground states. a new nbc/wall street journal poll shows the president ahead of mitt romney in three key states. in virginia and florida, he leads romney by five points among the voters. that lead jumps to seven points in ohio. political experts say these are fairly large leads for the president, but they can easily be wiped out if romney has a strong first debate, which is scheduled for october 3rd. stocks will open on wall street today on multiyear highs, thanks to new efforts by the federal reserve. word the fed would inject $40 million sent stocks soaring today. it will also keep short term interest rates at the record lows through mid-2015. >>> a live look at capitol hill, where congress is taking up a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. the house approved a measure yesterday that essentially puts the govern
michelle obama. >> we must work like never before. >> and bill clinton, just last night. >> you must reelect president barack obama. >> tonight joe biden leads off and then the president makes his case for re-election. 3 f2 >> aquÍ estÁ brian williams. the primetime address by president obama and the beginning really of the final push, when americans wake up tomorrow morning, this election is suddenly 60 days away. now, as you know, the president's surrogates from the first lady to former president bill clinton have laid the groundwork for tonight and shortly we'll hear from vice president joe biden and then, of course, present barack obama. we were not supposed to be in here tonight. we were supposed to be across town in the football stadium. you see it there live, for what was supposed to be an outdoor celebration for upwards of 65,000 people, but the risk of rough weather was too great. it came through here late this afternoon. as of tonight, you can second guess this all evening. jim cantore, where are you when we need you? but as a layman, other than that massive shower to our
. meanwhile, michelle obama will arrive in charlotte today. the first lady is scheduled to speak tomorrow night at the convention. she's expected to speak wednesday to the african-american and hispanic caucuses and attend 100 chon that honors elected officials who are gay, lesbian, or transgendered. >>> virginia delegates are getting the royal treatment. they have prime seats on the floor of the time warner arena for the event. it's just another reminder of how crucial the exxcommon wealts this election year. >> we are key battleground states so we can receive aggregate deal of t attention. >> delegates from the district and maryland, both heavily democratic, aren't so lucky. their seats are in the back of the arena. >>> the time is 5:06. new concerns about the spread aft west nile virus. >>> forget the coffee, the new energy drink one fast food chain is rolling out to help you get going in the morning. >>> plus, the unexpected discovery that washed out some people's holiday beach plans. >>> a bit of a break from the downpours but your holiday plans can still get soaked. >>> taco bell is
're going to get through this. >> reporter: first lady michelle obama. >> i got the clips in the morning. i thought she did a great job. >> reporter: ann romney's job is to help her husband better connect with women, and as analysts say to humanize him. >> because of the attacks made on him, i'm not surprised, but it's also part of him, not to talk about the piece of how he helps others. he does these things, but guess what? that's not who he is. he doesn't talk about those things. so that's my job. >> reporter: ann romney is expected to keep up a busy campaign pace, working to bridge that gap between her husband and female voters. as re watch up today, she said i know i'll be back in virginia. >> so will her husband. mitt romney campaigns in virginia beach tomorrow. mitt romney, that's sunday morning at 10:30 here on nbc4. >>> after a long legal battle, the man behind the iconic pottser of president obama has sentenced. shepard ferry will pay $25,000 and spend two years probation. the red white and blue image became popular during the '08 campaign, but the press said it was based on a phot
for how we're going to get through this. >> reporter: first lady michelle obama gets a better review. >> i got the clips in the morning. i thought she did a great job. >> reporter: ann romney's job now is to help her hurt better connect with women and as analysts say to humanize him. criticism his wife says is misplaced. >> because of the attacks that have been made on him i'm not surprised at all. but to not be able to talk about the part or the piece he's been out there helping other. he does these things, but guess what? he doesn't talk about those thing. so it's been my job to have to stand up and talk about those things. >> reporter: with the election two months ago, ann romney keeps up a busy campaign pace hoping to bridge that gap. she told us, i know i'll be back in virginia. julie carey, news 4. >>> mitt romney will be on "meet the press" tomorrow at 10:30 right here on nbc 4. >> what do you want first, the good or the bad news? we've got both when it comes to traffic this weekend. first the bad, metro could be a mess with track work that will affect seven stations on the red line
. they develop their own role because they have no official set duties at all. our current first lady, michelle obama, has developed her role by leading the let's move campaign which tackles the challenge of childhood obesitobesity. if you have a question, send it to ask liz@nbcwashington.com. and have a great weekend. >> yes. >> going to be lovely. >> it is. >>> jim? >>> after the break, a man arrested in a brutal sex assault in central park, now police believe he might be responsible for the murder of a w >>> new information tonight about the man accused of raping a woman in new york central park. police say he has a lengthy criminal background, and that he may be connected to the murder of a west virginia woman. tracy strahan has the details. >> reporter: police say he raped an elderly woman in broad daylight. this shows him holding a backpack similar to the one stolen from his victim. he was questioned for hours until finally being charged. authorities found memory cards from his 73-year-old victim's camera on him. she says she caught mitchell exposing himself in an isolated area of the par
blocking because it's got that nice white stripe. it's such a flattering shade. >> the first lady michelle obama has used in the past. talk a little about her dress she wore for her speech. >> wasn't it pretty? >> really very pretty. not all of us could wear this dress. >> you can actually order it. believe they're going to make a version of it. it's a tracy rece. tracy rece is an african-american designer in new york that the first lady has worn quite a lot. i've heard nothing but praise. >> look at all the red we're seeing. >> there's ann romney. beautiful red dress. >> if we're out there shopping, red's going to catch our eye. >> i think red. green is in too. but red is really -- >> teal -- >> yeah, i think green's the other color. just pair them together. >> nice to see you. read more about this in fashion washington. >> yes, the new issue is just out. >> "washington post." thank you so much. >> red means stop. in this case, red means go. it's 11:52. coming up, what not to do when you see a wild animal. plus, meteorologist tom kierein. and do you have bieber fever? anncr: this casino's
convention speeches and maybe not the best convention speech of the week, a distinction michelle obama or president clinton could make. because of realities, the president decided that had to trump soaring rhetoric. >> madam chairwoman, delegates, i accept your nomination for president of the united states. >> reporter: facing the political fight of his life, the 44th president of the united states made the case for his re-election, asking americans to stick with him for another four years despite tough economic times. >> our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met. the path we offer may be harder but it leads to a better place, and i'm asking you to choose that future. >> reporter: four years later the president felt he had to appeal to voters exhausted by the tone of american politics. >> i know campaigns may seem small, even sill sly sometimes. trivial things become big attractions. if you're sick of me approving this message, believe me, so am i. >> reporter: but obama pulled no punches when it came to his republican rival. his references to opponent turned him into a pun
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